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I use terminal and vim extensively, while writing code. I have created a color palette which is based on readability and easy-use with an autocomplete plugin(obtain plugins from Pydiction : Tab-complete your Python code, Auto Pairs : Insert or delete brackets, parens, quotes in pair. ).

I want to backup these settings so I can reuse them when I have problems with my current installation (12.04, by the way, I plan a clean Ubuntu 12.10 install in October). Are these settings are stored in a config file? Or if they are stored in gconf/dconf, how can I write a shell script to restore it?

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gnome terminal color palette details are stored under directory ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/

In Default directory you will be able to see a file named %gconf.xml. This file stores all palette related data. So you can backup all the files under directory ~/.gconf/apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/

To view the configurations: Open gconf-editor using dash and navigate to apps->gnome-terminal->Profiles->Default

For vim configuration backup, just use find or locate command to find .vimrc file and backup it

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Thanks! I've never known that gconf was filesystem based, I've thought that it was probably a database file somewhere. – user91091 Oct 11 '12 at 17:47
You are welcome :). Yes you are right. GConf is a simple filesystem based database for storing application preference – devav2 Oct 11 '12 at 17:52

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